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Inside Microsoft's Digital Crimes Unit 72

Posted by samzenpus
from the throwing-crime-out-the-window dept.
jfruh writes "You may find it mildly creepy that Microsoft has a private police force, but the Digital Crimes Unit has helped real law enforcement do things like disrupt huge botnets. According to Richard Boscovich, assistant general counsel for the Digital Crimes Unit, Microsoft is only able to do all this by relying on the company's existing infrastructure, including its Azure cloud service. The DCU can provision compute time from the cloud as necessary to combat complex threats, he said, and also uses cloud services to share information with law enforcement agencies quickly."
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Inside Microsoft's Digital Crimes Unit

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  • by stonebit (2776195) on Thursday December 19, 2013 @09:26AM (#45735133)
    Does this sound corrupt or what? They created the problem and now they have a solution, but at a cost. Sounds like double dipping into the customer's wallet.
  • Re:Yea ok (Score:4, Insightful)

    by hawguy (1600213) on Thursday December 19, 2013 @10:29AM (#45735617)

    "Microsoft is only able to do all this by relying on the company's existing infrastructure, including its Azure cloud service"

    Yea sure, the cloud enabled you to do this. Infomercial much?

    I was wondering about that too -- how much compute power does it take to combat a Botnet, and why does it require Azure -- couldn't Amazon AWS would just as well?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday December 19, 2013 @11:46AM (#45736611)

    Microsoft doesn't have fanboys, Apple does. Microsoft has shills -- nobody but Microsoft employees, computer repairmen, antivirus companies, and MS shareholders have any love at all for Microsoft.

    Apple has fans.
    Microsoft has shills.
    Linux has zealots (I'm one)

    If Microsoft didn't suck I wouldn't be using Linux.

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